President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that his administration has been able to mitigate insecurity despite inheriting a country where “bombs were going off with frightening frequency even in our cities”.
The president said this on Thursday at the passing out parade and commissioning ceremony of cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna.
He listed his administration’s efforts in equipping the military with relevant and innovative hardware to tackle terrorism and banditry in the country.
The president stated that coupled with providing the necessary equipment for the military, his administration has improved funding for officials in the army.
“When this government came in 2015, we inherited a country at crossroads, with bombs going off with frightening frequency even in our cities, and we came in to confront and manage the crisis,” he said.
“This administration has since come on board and procured over 550 naval platforms, out of which 319 have been delivered, as part of the aggressive fleet recapitalisation of the Nigerian navy.
“We have also increased the number of Nigerian air force platforms by more than 38% and enhanced the serviceability rate of aircraft in the NAF inventory by over 70%.
“In pursuing this same objective, the Nigerian army has received more than 2000 units of various armoured fighting vehicles, guns, and equipment. These are in addition to improved funding of the three services along with other security and intelligence agencies.
“These comprehensive and systematic acquisitions within 7 years are not only unprecedented in the past 38 years, but they also align with our pledge to safeguard and strengthen the security architecture of our country.
“Although this is not a forum to introduce you to the military hardware you are stepping out to inherit, it is imperative to identify the magnitude and complexities of conflicts surrounding us.”